Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Nothing like the last minute...

...To sign up for a 5k!

Now that we are running 3 miles continuously a few times a week, I thought it was time to look for a 5k to spice up our training. Unfortunately it seems my options were this weekend or mid-January. Where are all the jingle balls and resolution runs this year?
Oh well. So we will be running a 5k this Saturday morning!

The Christus St. John Reindeer Run

Its local (right across the street from work and close to my boyfriend's house), its cheap, and the weather is gonna be awesome:
My goals for this race are pretty simple:
1. Run the whole thing.
2. Finish strong. Run conservative for the first 2 miles (usually this means about a 12:30 pace). Then pick up the pace a little for the next half mile. Then pick up the pace again for the next half mile. Then run the last .1 at all out pace.
3. I have no specific time goal, but it would be nice to beat my August time of 38:33. 
For one, that was a terrible race. It was a night race and we stupidly had Mexican for lunch. It was pitch black, in sand, and no mile markers. I foolishly didn't bring my Garmin because I didn't want to watch my pace too closely, but knowing the distance is critical to me doing well- without mile markers and because it was totally dark, I couldn't know how much farther I had to go and psychologically that ruined me.
Also, because we've been training pretty consistently and have built up to run the whole distance (every previous 5k has involved some walking), I think we have a good shot at it.
(Technically my PR for a 5k is 38:06- I ran a 5k in early 2009 with a couple friends. There was basically no training and I walked alot of it. For me, finishing a 5k without walking is a greater goal than a PR.)

I'm excited, but also a little nervous. I was looking forward to the Sand Crab and it was awful and I was pretty bummed afterwards. I'm trying to keep my expectations low and remind myself that it should be fun. Stay tuned for a recap!

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